Giving Compass' Take:

· A study published in the International Journal of Environmental Health Research has found that adults who had close childhood contact with the environment have better mental and physical health.

· How does nature impact youth development? Can philanthropy support efforts that help more children get outside?

· Check out this article to learn more about the effects of nature on mental health.

A recent study published in the journal, International Journal of Environmental Health Research, has found that adults who had close contact with the environment during childhood have better mental health. As part of the study, researchers asked adult participants to answer a questionnaire on their frequency of use of natural spaces during childhood, including purposeful hiking in natural parks- and non-purposeful playing in the backyard.

Did you remember the last time you played in nature as a child? If no, then chances are that your mental health could be affected. In a recent study, it has been found that adults who had close contact with the environment during childhood have better mental health. The study was published in the journal, 'International Journal of Environmental Health Research'

Exposure to natural outdoor environments has been associated with several health benefits, including better cognitive development and better mental and physical health. However, few studies have explored the impact of childhood exposure to natural environments on mental health and vitality in adulthood.

Furthermore, studies have more frequently considered green spaces (gardens, forests, urban parks) than blue spaces (canals, ponds, creeks, rivers, lakes, beaches, etc.). This study was conducted within the framework of the PHENOTYPE project with data from almost 3,600 adults from Barcelona (Spain), Doetinchem (Netherlands), Kaunas (Lithuania) and Stoke-on-Trent (United Kingdom).

Read the full article about nature's impact of mental and physical health at Devdiscourse News Desk.